Random mp3s from Houston

Let’s go over some random mp3s from some Houston bands and see if we can get in trouble…

Skamakozi – “Hate You Now”
This is the first song on their mp3.com page, so it’s probably their best, right? Wow… I hope not! Not only does this song commit the expected ska sins of 1) big unison horn part and 2) upbeats in the verses/metal in the chorus, but they also a general lack of musicianship when it comes to the drummer maintaining a steady beat and the guitarist being able to play upbeats. Bad enough that even though I listened to the song four times through, I was unable to retain a single hint of what the song is about.

WD40oz – “Why I Drink”
I’ve always loved their name, so I thought I should have a listen…
Reminds me of the Didjits, and we need more bands like the Didjits these days. Straight-ahead, turned-to-10, loud punk rock. I can’t really find anything wrong with this song!

Guilla-Teens – “H-Town Punks” & “We’ll Miss You Joey Ramone”
I’d like to state that the Guilla-Teens are the only band thats opened up for us at JavaJazz Coffeehouse that we ever liked. Ok? Ok…
These guys have a serious Misfits obsession, and it borders on becoming a handicap. H-Town Punks is a great song and it’s well recorded, but it’s nothing that you can’t hear on another record. Joey Ramone is a really bad song, mostly due to the hokey lyrics and bad vocal delivery (Glen Danzig’s Elvis style). It’s been a while since I’ve seen these guys, so I’m sure they’ve matured a bit as far as the music goes… I bet they’re very good by now.

5 Replies to “Random mp3s from Houston”

  1. Skamakozi rules. You need to hear their new recordings. Sure their old stuff was rough, but after they matured and recorded their new material (including rerecorded versions of their old demo album from MP3.com) they set a new standard for bands of their genre. Despite having ska in their name, they are not a ska band, but more of a rock band w/ horns. I miss the Suspects though, but I can only stand that kinda ska for so long. It’s so frantic and confusing.

  2. “they set a new standard for bands of their genre”

    This is one of the best comments ever left on this site… the self-importance some people feel toward the band they’re in is awe-inspiring and patently absurd.

  3. Can’t comment on the Skamikaze(sorry, couldn’t resist the urge) because I haven’t heard of them or heard them.

    WD40oz though is(was) a very good band, not that I’d call it punk but it could be considered straight up American punk but whatever, and I too enjoy their music as well as their performances.

    Most of these guys, or at least the singer anyway, is now in another very good Houston band called “F For Fake.” I think WD40oz is currently no more but the energy and great tunes live on with “F For Fake.”

    Guilla-Teens(pronounced gēả – teens)n.,
    when I’ve seen them live(July 2002), are a very good performing band and also still very young.

    OK, some of them(besides the drummer) might be able to drink by now but I’m not too sure — it’s been two years this month since I’ve seen them. The drummer looked old enough to drink 2 years ago but I’m a poor judge of people’s ages anymore.

    Anyway, I enjoyed their show but in my talking with their bassist before the evening got started, I realised that I didn’t particularly care for their personal(as a band) politics.

    In regards to local bands my take is that you shouldn’t rule out places to play/book based on whether or not the place is an actual live music venue(Fitz, Engine Room etc.) or a sports bar that has a stage in it(19th Hole, Forgetta ’bout it etc.) for weekend rockin’ or whatever.

    You can’t wait for the mountain to come to Mohammed, so to speak, as a band — you have to take Mohammed to the mountain otherwise you’ll die a horrible death as a band.

    People won’t drive into the downtown area from Spring, Sugar Land, League City or other outer tollway areas just to see a Houston band that refuses to play a sports bar because….well, because it’s a sports bar.

    It makes no sense to hold yourself back from garnering a potentially new audience in a different part of town because the only place in that part of town that will book you is a sports bar.

    You’re cutting your own professional throat with that attitude and that is exactly the vibe I was getting with the Guilla-Teen bassist that I spoke with prior to this show that I witnesed 2 years ago.

    That’s all I have Bill

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